Lab-Grown Meat: Mmm Mmm Good

Every mov­ing thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I giv­en you all things. 4But flesh with the life there­of, which is the blood there­of, shall ye not eat.

Gen­e­sis 9:3–4, King James Version

I’ve yet to hear one argu­ment from a veg­an or veg­e­tar­i­an which could con­vince me that eat­ing meat is an immoral or oth­er­wise neg­a­tive prac­tice. Sim­ply put, ani­mals are a gift, explic­it­ly giv­en to us by Yah­weh for meat, pro­vid­ed that the blood is removed and cooked out, for “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviti­cus 17:11a, KJV).

How­ev­er, recent stud­ies are say­ing that it may be pos­si­ble to grow this flesh in lab­o­ra­to­ries with­out requir­ing the death of the ani­mals themselves.

The process, great­ly sim­pli­fied, would involve using a sam­ple of mus­cle cells from the ani­mal (such as a cow or chick­en) to grow mus­cle tis­sue with­in the lab­o­ra­to­ry. All the cost sur­round­ing the grow­ing and slaugh­ter of live­stock would be elim­i­nat­ed, and the nutri­ents con­tained with­in the lab-grown meat could be controlled.

Could you imag­ine eat­ing a pork­chop rich in vit­a­mins A, C, D, E, K, … ?

I am intrigued by this, and I hope that the plans to do this come to fruition. If done prop­er­ly and if the meat can be man­u­fac­tured cheap enough, this could fea­si­bly help elim­i­nate at least some world hunger.

It could also help alle­vi­ate some veg­an and veg­e­tar­i­an pres­sures on meat-eaters. The most pop­u­lar rea­son for giv­ing up meat is the so-called cru­el­ty to the ani­mals; elim­i­nate the cru­el­ty from the meat-pro­duc­tion process, and the oft-claimed rea­son is gone.

And I have to say this: Even though this could be a won­der­ful break­through, sci­ence has still yet to cre­ate even life­less beef in the lab with­out hav­ing to start with or reuse what God already gave them to work with back on the sixth day of creation.

Fea­tured image: source, license

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Use your Gravatar-enabled email address while commenting to automatically enhance your comment with some of Gravatar's open profile data.

Comments must be made in accordance with the comment policy. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam; learn how your comment data is processed.

You may use Markdown to format your comments; additionally, these HTML tags and attributes may be used: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Rick Beckman